Facebook continued its rejection Monday against what it called “mischaracterization” by the media of the “Facebook Archives” series of Wall street journal it states that they allegedly reveal internal documents that hold the company broadly responsible for prioritizing its own growth over user safety. In a carefully crafted response posted from Facebook’s newsroom Twitter handle to fend off bad press, the company accused news organizations of “misrepresenting” its actions and motivations.
“We hope the press will hold us accountable, given our scale and role in the world,” said Facebook vice president of communications John Pinette. “But when reports misrepresent our actions and motivations, we believe we must correct the record.”
“Right now, more than 30 journalists are completing a coordinated series of articles based on thousands of pages of leaked documents,” the company charged in the series of tweets. “We heard that to get the documents, the media had to agree to the conditions and a schedule set by the public relations team that worked on previously leaked documents.”
Continuing its defense, Facebook said that “a curated selection of millions of documents” can in no way be used to draw “fair conclusions.”
“Internally, we share the work in progress and the options for discussion,” he said. “Not all suggestions stand up to the scrutiny we must apply to decisions that affect so many people.”
In a reply to media organizations that Facebook claims are working on an “orchestrated campaign” against it, Pinette added: “For those news organizations that want to go beyond an orchestrated ‘I got you’ campaign, we are ready to get involved deep down. “
In particular, the US media outlet Wall Street Journal is launching a series of complaints based on material provided by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former product manager for the technology company’s civic integrity team. Haugen, who left the company earlier this year, said he copied a series of internal documents and memos before leaving and shared them with the WSJ; batches of exhibits have become infamous as “The Facebook Archives.”
In the most recent entry in the series, the post claimed, citing the leaked documents, that Facebook’s own engineers have doubts about how successful artificial intelligence will be in cleaning up hate speech and excessive violence on the platform, despite that the stated intention of the company is so.
“Facebook’s artificial intelligence cannot consistently identify videos of first-person shooting, racist tirades, and even, in one notable episode that puzzled internal investigators for weeks, the difference between cockfighting and car accidents,” says the latest WSJ report.
Meanwhile, responding to the series of allegations, Facebook said: “Over the past 6 weeks, including the weekend, we have seen how documents can be mischaracterized. Obviously, not all Facebook employees are executives; not all opinions are the position of the company. “